Sunday, September 24, 2023
About Pelham Rec Soccer
Pelham Rec Soccer emphasizes:
PELHAM TRAVEL SOCCER
Players on Field
1 & 2
3 & 4
5 to 7
Games must start on time. Late starting games may be shortened.
Whistle stops at end of 1st and 3rd quarter; halftime break of 5 minutes.
Substitutions are permitted only at quarter end and half-time and during the fourth quarter.
All players must play at least two full quarters.
Attire and Equipment
Uniforms will be distributed at the first practice (players may keep the uniforms).
All players must wear soccer cleats, shin guards and soccer socks to all practices, games and clinics.
Baseball shoes or "all sports" shoes are not permitted and can be dangerous when used for soccer.
Sneakers are permitted for kindergartners and Pre-K.
Soccer socks should cover shin guards.
Jewelry, earrings, watches, necklaces, bracelets will not be permitted. NO exceptions for newly-pierced ears.
Referees will conduct a pre-game check, strictly enforcing these rules.
Each child should bring a proper sized soccer ball to each practice. See above for ball sizes. Pre-K and Kindergarten use size #3 balls.
Each child should bring a water bottle to every game AND practice.
SUPPORT THE KIDS
This means all the kids - not just yours!
Provide positive support and encouragement.
Revel in their accomplishments.
Offer a shoulder, a hug or kiss when everything doesn't go perfectly.
Forget constructive criticism -- kids take it too seriously.
Applaud good plays by kids on the other team (who, after all, are your neighbors).
SUPPORT THE COACH
Coaching is hard work and the coaches feel responsible for the kids having fun. Help out by showing up on time for practices and games.
Leave sideline coaching to the coach. Players hate to hear instructions from more than one person anyway.
Coaches plan game line-ups ahead of time. Please notify the coach in advance (e.g., Friday night) if your child will miss a practice or game.
Coaches can always use extra help. It’s not too late to volunteer as an assistant coach!
SUPPORT THE REFEREE
Refereeing is also hard work, and referees (like coaches and players and parents) can make mistakes. Live with the mistakes; the game is about having fun!
Recognize that you may not know or understand all the rules (e.g., offside, rough play, injury time-out, etc.).
Interfering or arguing with a referee can result in a forfeit and/or ejection from the field.
Copyright 2023 by Pelham Soccer Association
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